By James Longrigg
The Greeks have been the 1st to take advantage of rational platforms of medication, dependent upon trust in common causation, instead of magical and spiritual parts, which led to a brand new belief of disorder, accounting for explanations and signs of disorder. "Greek drugs" locations historic Greek drugs, from Homer to the Alexandrians, inside of its ancient and highbrow context by means of offering a variety of resource fabric in translation.
The ebook offers a chronological account at the most crucial points of historic drugs, and contains chapters on particular parts of medication, corresponding to gynecology, dietetics, pharmacology and surgical procedure.
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Afflictions of this type, no less than their physical counterparts, are here regarded as investigable and treatable. There is no suggestion that their origin is in any way supernatural. 28], attribute one type of epilepsy to Poseidon, another to Apollo, a third to Ares, a fourth to Hecate and still another to the Mother of the Gods. Yet it might be objected, and not without some justification, that his own standpoint is hardly less speculative than the theories under attack. Although in the opening chapter of Sacred disease our author criticises his opponents for 'pretending to have superior knowledge about what causes and what cures disease', he is himself susceptible to this same charge since the particular treatment recommended by him, dietetic control of temperature and humidity, in fact afforded no greater possibility of cure.
Release from this malady comes aboutwhen there is nothing hampering the outflow of blood. I order young girls, when suffering such an affliction, to marry as soon as possible. For, if they become pregnant, they regain their health. If a girl does not marry, then immediately at puberty, or a little later, she will be afflicted by this or by another disease. Among married women, the sterile are more prone to suffer from these conditions. Impotence Impotence was superstitiously held by some to be a divine affliction.
After him psycho-physiological investigations become almost standard topics of inquiry among later Presocratic philosophers (see Longrigg, 1993, p. ). 7]. 49ff. 1-6]. As a result of the widening interest in medicine in the fifth century, the impulse to turn from macrocosm to microcosm quickened considerably. The philosophers began increasingly to apply their views about the world at large to man himself and base their medical and physiological theories upon their unifying philosophical hypotheses.
Greek Medicine: From the Heroic to the Hellenistic Age A Source Book by James Longrigg